Stories of Strength

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Stories of Strength is a 2005 anthology printed to raise funds for disaster relief. It was edited by Jenna Glatzer, the author of the Celine Dion biography For Keeps. Contributors include science fiction novelist Orson Scott Card, actor Wil Wheaton, and Christian romance author Robin Lee Hatcher.

Featuring more than 100 pieces from writers all over the world, the anthology includes true stories of courage and endurance in challenging situations that range from the death of a child and living through natural disasters, to smaller-scale trials, like dealing with returning an overdue book to the local library.

The book is intended to generate sizeable long-term contributions to disaster relief charities. In addition to the writers' donations, publishing company Lulu.com is donating its profits from the project.

Production and Design[edit]

  • Acquisitions editor: MacAllister Stone
  • Cover design by: Danny Mehl
  • Copy editor: Lisa M. Abbate
  • Lead editor: Jenna Glatzer
  • Manuscript editors: Frank Baron, Janet Paszkowski, Julia Rosien, Amy Rea, Jim Zola, Lisa Waterman Gray, Denise DiFulco, B. J. Robinson, Ph.D, Sue Poremba, Gwen Moran, Jacqueline H. Kessler
  • Web designer: Richard Cobbett

Contents[edit]

Strength of Spirit[edit]

  • "Let No Hands Be Idle Here" by Orson Scott Card and Mark Mitchell
  • "The Shrine" by Matthew James
  • "The Organ Man" by Janet Ross-Pilla
  • "Trust in This Dark Night" by Aviva Rifka Bhandari
  • "The Wonderful Transformation of the Library Troll" by Amy Mullis
  • "Willow" by Kimberly Ripley
  • "Look Beyond" by Moira Richards
  • "The Art of Forgiving" by Sarah Crabtree
  • "Mirror of Time and Uranus" by David Lee Summers
  • "My Mother's Table" by Noreen Braman
  • "Gone Fishing" by Diane Stilwell
  • "A Real, Super, Human" by Jill Miller Zimon
  • "What is Strength?" by Debbie Burton-Peddle
  • "The Truths about Rains and Floods" by Raymond K. Wong
  • "Taking Back My Heart" Deborah Rose
  • "I Was in My Rose Garden" by Janet Paszkowski
  • "Beachside Revelations" by Shelly Wiseman Webb
  • "Of Buildings and Babies" by Linley B. Marcum
  • "Just Believe" by Kim Gogo-Melvin
  • "The Beauty Within" by Erin D. Zapletal
  • "Finding Peace in Times of Chaos" by Sheryl McCarty
  • "Just Some Old Man?" by Michele Ivy Davis

Physical Strength[edit]

  • "Just Keep Going" by Wil Wheaton
  • "A Father's Consolation" by B. J. Bourg
  • "The Weld Maker" by Jan P. Myskowski
  • "Merry Christmas. Panama, 1989." by Mark Pettus
  • "The Hurdle Jumper" by Christine M. Krannich
  • "The Bracelet" by Sarah Chauncey
  • "The Prize Is the Journey" by Kesi Augustine
  • "Running with the Wolf Pack" by Roberta Beach Jacobson
  • "Stop, Thief!" by Charmian Christie

Strength of Faith[edit]

  • "One of Grandma's Sweet Lessons" by Barb Webb
  • "The Plate" by Frank Baron
  • "Our Faces Are Not Our Own" by Janet Ross-Pilla
  • "Nanna" by Mary Broadbent
  • "Being There" by Judy Gruen
  • "Legless But Undefeated" by Claudia Ann Sodaro
  • "Walking by Faith" by Brett James Sigler
  • "Aunt Carolyn's Faith" by Kimberly Gasuras-Lewis
  • "When Life Gives You Grapefruit" by Cindy Appel http://www.cindyappel.com
  • "Prayer for Strength" by Amy Brozio-Andrews
  • "Add Prayer in Times of Crisis" by Mary Emma Allen
  • "A Walk in the Clouds" by Julia Temlyn Prindle
  • "God's Solace" by Suzan L. Wiener
  • "Cancer: An Unlikely Learning Experience" by Matthew Zachary
  • "A Different Kind of Marathon" by Jean Marie Wiesen

Role Models of Strength[edit]

  • "Peacekeeper's Coffee" by Doug Setter
  • "The Ace I Got Dealt" by C.J. Piperly
  • "The 10K Walk" by Frank Baron
  • "Little Niño" by Allison Cooke
  • "About Jorge: Walking the Talk" by Lisa Abbate
  • "Perceiving the Possible" by Ellen Lewis Lief
  • "Legacy: Thoughts on Courage and Inspiration" by Patti Wigington
  • "Larger Arenas" by John Vanek
  • "A Hero's Medal" by Olinda Wheatley
  • "My Quiet Relationship with Dad" by Meryl K. Evans
  • "The Plant" by Ruth Cooke
  • "Tom" by Kim Ramsey
  • "Where Have All the Heroes Gone?" by Patti Wigington
  • "Looking Up to a Shortstop " by Chris Manning

Strength of Community[edit]

  • "What Really Matters" by Julia Rosien
  • "The Power of One" by VL Marshall
  • "Heart of the Mountain" by Stephanie Cordray
  • "Canberra's Bushfire - January 2003" by Gillian Polack
  • "Hope For A Safer Place" by Shelagh Watkins (Mandinam Press)
  • "The Little Angel" by Carolee Eubanks
  • "Relief Effort Blossoms" by Jamie Engle
  • "Blizzards and Friends" by Ken Schneider

Borrowing Strength[edit]

  • "Wet and Naked" by Charmian Christie
  • "Merlin" by Yvonne Oots
  • "What Remains" by Audrey Glassman Vernick
  • "Condemned and Redeemed" by Janine Peterson
  • "One Breath At A Time" by Cynthia L. Kryder

Strength of Love[edit]

  • "A Girl&'s Home Is Her Castle" by Jenna Glatzer
  • "Sixteen Times" by Kathy Powers
  • "Best Step on the Rung" by Kimberly Ripley
  • "After Dakota" by Jennifer Lawler
  • "First Born" by Kathryn Morrison
  • "The Smell of Lilacs" by Catherine Lanser
  • "A Journey Home" by Harry E. Gilleland, Jr
  • "Breastfeeding Boogie" by Kelly Pollard
  • "Love Isn't Blind" by Vanessa J. Kyles
  • "It's My Job, Sink or Swim" by Kathryne Lee Tirrell
  • "What There is Left..." by Lisa Voiles
  • "Rafael's Gift" by Esther Avila
  • "The Strength of Words" by Robert Villanueva
  • "Adopting a New Tradition" by Jeanie Kezo
  • "There is Strength in All of Us" by Catherine A. Harris
  • "Comma Eyes" by Sandra Coker
  • "A Coat of Paint" by Maggie B Dickinson

The Strength to Start Over[edit]

  • "Searching for Hope" by Judith Alice
  • "Hummingbird Summer" by Anne Culbreath Watkins
  • "...from the ashes" by Christa Kolster
  • "Roses Will Bloom" by Connie Schlosberg
  • "Living Strong" by Sue Marquette Poremba
  • "Forget Me Not" by Rose Thomason
  • "Addictions Conquered" by Sharyn Bowman
  • "Night and Fog Action" by Heide AW Kaminski
  • "Continuance" by Michael Hawkins
  • "Perseverance" by Joanne D. Kiggins
  • "Behind Closed Doors" by Misti Sandefur
  • "Pine Scrapbook" by Robin Bayne
  • "After Life" by Carol Ann Lindsay
  • "February's Ashes" by Kira Connally

Strength in Fiction[edit]

  • "The Best Day" by Orson Scott Card
  • "The Huckleberry Patch" by Robin Lee Hatcher
  • "Atlas Slouched" by Richard Cobbett
  • "No Way, EBay" by Alyson Mead
  • "The Sacrifice" by Gabriele Campbell
  • "Motherhood" by Amey S Tippett
  • "The Boy with the Golden Hands" by Sharon Maas
  • "Waddling Free" by Cynthia Balog
  • "Miss Lilia" by Sharon Cullars
  • "The Old Man of Fundy" by Adam Heskett
  • "Who Wants a Hero?" by Jenny Schwartz
  • "The Light" by Christine Norris
  • "Breaking the Ice" by C. Montgomery Stuart
  • "Tornado Luck" by Andrea Allison
  • "Where the Shrewsbury meets the Atlantic" by Sara Spock
  • "My Big Brother Ben" by Robert Rohloff
  • "Redhill's Ghosts" by Robin Bridges
  • "The Final Blessing" by Carol Hightshoe

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